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 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

SEAPA receives clean audit; grant activity up in 2014

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board members met in Petersburg Nov. 13-14 to discuss the results of their annual audit and other business. Independent auditing company BDO performed this year’s audit, which followed both generally... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

Harbor boat deployed to aid stranded crabber

A coordinated effort between the harbor security boat and Good Samaritan vessels helped to get local crabbing vessel F/V Moana back to town after running aground north of town near the Sukoi Islands on the evening of Nov. 5. After talking with Coast...

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    November 20, 2014 

Hatchery manager faces littering charge for dumping cohos

Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager Loren Thompson pled not guilty on Nov. 13 to a charge of Littering over Five Pounds. Thompson was cited for the minor violation by Alaska Wildlife Trooper Cody Litster for dumping some 400 pounds of coho on the tide...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

From dogs to dollars:

Twelve-year-old Luc Diaz didn't waste any time getting his Alaska Mountain Mutts dog treat business up and running after moving to Petersburg from Girdwood, Alaska in April. Many around town already...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

Petersburg 17th highest ranked U.S. port for 2013

Petersburg pulled in 123 million pounds of fish in 2013, making it the 17th top U.S. port for commercial fishery landings last year, according to the annual NOAA fisheries report. A record-breaking salmon year, 2013 landings were more than double...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

PMC owes Medicare $700,000; half to be covered by prior Medicare overpayment

Interim CFO Doran Hammett told the Petersburg Medical Center board at a special meeting Monday that a draft cost report revealed some $928,000 was due to Medicare. Though PMC still has $380,000 on hand from a mid-year overpayment by Medicare to pay... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Icicle welcomes new fleet manager for Southeast

Don Spigelmyre just finished his first salmon season as Icicle Seafood's new Fleet Manager for Southeast Alaska. A native Michigander, Spigelmyre brings 22.5 years of experience with the Coast Guard...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Salvation Army crew gears up for holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year or at least the officers and volunteers at the Salvation Army are working to ensure that’s so for local families who may not be able to afford food and gifts this holiday season. Lieutenants John Birks...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Activities honor local veterans

Veterans were honored for their service around town Tuesday, Nov. 11 in celebration of Veterans Day. Students from the elementary, middle and high schools as well as many community members attended... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Public Library receives four-star rating

The Petersburg Public Library was given a four-star rating this month by the Library Journal. The library was one of eight that ranked in the state. Borough librarian Tara Alcock said the library has received a star rating five times since the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Assembly approves new budget policy guidelines

After much discussion, the assembly unanimously approved a resolution to establish a new budget policy that will help guide management of Borough funds. Giesbrecht introduced a document he and Finance Director Jody Tow have been working on to help... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Local State House hopeful falls to opponent despite strong local support

By and large local voters aligned with state results. In two races, Petersburg voters diverged with the state, the race for governor and the State House District 35 seat. Local resident Steven... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Assembly makes strides in clarifying public services for outlying areas

A thorough discussion of public services under the Borough charter was had at Monday's regular Assembly meeting. Member John Havrilek broached the matter at the last meeting and asked for a public comment period wherein discussion and clarification o...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Formline design artist to offer workshop

Robert Davis Hoffman is coming to town this weekend to teach a formline design workshop at the library. Formline design is the characteristic element in Tlingit art. "It describes the basic shapes...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Assembly appointments, approvals and discussion items

The main topics at Monday's regular assembly meeting were service areas and a new budgeting tool for use in the Borough. The following is a list of other business discussed: Don Nelson and Janet Holten submitted letters of interests to serve on the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014

Hatchery rebuild progressing, minimal impact anticipated

With a crew working six days a week, construction at the Crystal Lake Hatchery facility is moving along on schedule. "We're basically on schedule, which is a little bit surprising for a construction p... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014

Wrangell Avenue home razed; case remains under advisement

Though the case is still under advisement with a judge, the building at 1011 Wrangell Avenue owned by Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem has been taken down. “The building is down. We’re still in the process of cleaning up,” Ellingstad said in a... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    About Town    October 30, 2014

Masked auction for swim club

Mad hatter auctioneer Brad Taylor ups the bidding for a package at Saturday night's Viking Swim Club auction. All told, organizers said the event raised about $25,000 for the club. "The live auction...

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    October 30, 2014

Local halibut trends differ from coastwise average

The Petersburg Vessel Owners Association hosted a presentation by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) exploring long-term halibut trends. IPHC Executive Director Bruce Leaman and quantitative scientist Ian Stewart presented the findin...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014

Weaver pleads not guilty

At his arraignment held Oct. 23, Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, plead not guilty to two felony charges of Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices. U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Longenbaugh presided over the arraignment at the U.S. Dist...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014

Assembly to draft herbicide ordinance

In last week’s regular Assembly meeting, members decided to draft an ordinance to address herbicide spraying in the Borough. This represents the next step in a more than year-long process addressing potential herbicide spraying by the state and...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Case of suspected heroin dealer proceeds

Public Defender Eric Hedland, representing 20-year-old Christafur Morrell, was recently denied a Motion to Suppress evidence by Superior Court Judge William Carey. Morrell was indicted by a Grand Jury in early July on two charges of Misconduct Involv... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Police chief gets advanced training at FBI National Academy

Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart is participating in an exclusive training opportunity with the FBI National Academy (NA) this fall. Swihart described it as "a total immersion into leadership... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Public says 'no' to pesticide use, Assembly discusses new radios for public safety personnel

A few issues sparked a lively discussion among assembly members and the public at Monday’s regular meeting. Four residents spoke out against the use of herbicides and pesticides to be sprayed by the state in the area. The assembly discussed the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Petersburg group embarks on international service project

Lizzie Thompson began dreaming up a service project to participate in with her daughter, Kate, when Kate was still a baby. "I decided that when she was old enough to participate in and feel empowered...


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